Miami’s Dwyane Wade has been a hit on YouTube, but not for reasons he appreciates.
A compilation of his “dirty” plays has gone viral, being viewed more 550,000 times. One national columnist used the video to label Wade the dirtiest player in the league.
“Dwyane Wade is the bad guy. He’s the worst guy in the NBA when it comes to bad-guy stuff. Dirtiest player in the league? Yeah,” wrote Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports.com.
The video shows Wade pulling down Boston’s Rajon Rondo in the 2011 playoffs (Rondo suffered a dislocated elbow), breaking Kobe Bryant’s nose in the 2012 All-Star Game and kicking Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions in the groin this season.
The video surfaced after Wade struck Indiana’s Lance Stephenson in the temple with his elbow in Game 2 of these conference finals. Wade said he was leaping to avoid Stephenson while trailing the play. The league reviewed the incident and gave Wade a flagrant foul.
Signs of the times: Many of the signs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse have centered on two subjects — the contrast between the construction of the draft-driven Pacers roster and the free agent-driven Heat roster (BUILT NOT BOUGHT) and Miami’s reputation for flopping.
The flopping issue has been big in Indy since Pacers coach Frank Vogel called out the Heat before last year’s playoffs. One sign read: MOST VALUABLE PHLOPPERS (with the M, V and P in red to stand out).
Another sign (HE’S A FLOPPER) was a joint effort by four fans who stood side-by-side to raise it. Each time a Miami player hit the floor, the entire section chanted, “He’s a flopper.”
Beckham expected at Game 5: Recently retired soccer star David Beckham is expected to be at Thursday’s game at AmericanAirlines Arena. He has an option to start a new franchise in Major League Soccer and has talked about Miami as a potential site. He is expected to attend Game 5 to meet with Miami-based Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure.
Palin endorses Pacers: Sarah Palin knows basketball. Long before she was a local sportscaster and later governor of Alaska, she was point guard on the Wasilla High School team that won the state championship. Sunday night, she attended Game 3 and endorsed the Pacers. “They have this tenacious, scrappy, underdog persona that everybody’s going to root for,” she said.
Making fashion statements: LeBron James had a response to everyone amused by the NBA’s post-game fashion show at press conferences.
“Hey, the players didn’t put in the dress code,” James said. “We just all abide by it, that’s all.”
Initially, many players protested the dress code implemented in October 2005 by Commissioner David Stern.
“Now we all enjoy it,” James said.
Stern had ordered players to dress up when arriving at games or departing. He didn’t like players showing up on TV in retro jerseys or T-shirts and torn jeans. Now, players often seem to be trying to top each other with fashion statements.
“Guys have their own personalities,” James said. “Some of it goes too far, but hey, I’ve got a teammate who does his own thing sometimes.”
Guy named Wade.
Bosh avoids trap: As the playoffs progress, the media contingent increases and the questions can get more challenging.
Tuesday morning, one national reporter tried to trap Chris Bosh into giving the Pacers some bulletin-board material, asking him to characterize the movement of 7-2 center Roy Hibbert.
“You want me to answer that question?” Bosh asked.
The reporter did.
“As a competitor, he’s, he’s OK,” Bosh said.
Movement isn’t his strength?
No, Bosh said. “His strength is when he’s anchored down, he’s patrolling the paint, and he’s going to contest everything. We have to use our strength to our advantage, which is our feet.”
One of Bosh’s strengths is being slippery in the face of loaded questions.